“You can’t sleep against those guys because every game they are there at the end,” Gabe Pruitt said. The Sun Devils have stayed in games despite inferior talent because of the way they slow down the pace and create defensive battles. “They play smart, play so well defensively and take such great shots,” Floyd said. “As their talent continues to improve, they are going to be right in the thick of (the Pac-10).” Pruitt gets stealsPruitt is getting back to his pocket-picking days of yesteryear. The junior guard had a season-high four steals to lead USC’s defensive effort in Thursday’s 80-75 victory over Arizona, giving him eight steals in the past three games. “It’s just anticipation,” Pruitt said. “I saw a couple opportunities that I was able to get out in the passing lanes and get them.” “It’s been the only time all year we’ve talked outside our next game,” USC coach Tim Floyd said. “We’ve talked more about Arizona State this week than we have Arizona because we knew the effort would be there for Arizona.” Arizona State has lost its past five games by six points or less, three against ranked opponents. PHOENIX – There might not be a more fearsome last-place team in any conference in the nation than Arizona State. The Sun Devils (6-19, 0-14), USC’s opponent today, have yet to win a game in Pac-10 play but are in almost all of them. Trojans players have been warned about a letdown all week. Pruitt averaged 2.2 steals per game last season but had made just 13 through his first 12 games played this season. Part of the decline is that Floyd doesn’t stress steals. “I don’t think it’s a critical stat,” Floyd said. “If it happens within our defense, that’s great. But steal attempts can put you out of position and allow teams to play five against four. We emphasize containment.” Young lifts averageNick Young is averaging 17.4 points per game, compared to 17.2 at the end of last season. He is at 19.8 points over the past eight games. “I knew if I kept being patient and didn’t worry about it, the scoring would come,” Young said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – A new employee at the state Department of Health Services inadvertently mixed up letters containing personal information that were sent to 54 patients enrolled in an AIDS drug program, state officials said Friday. The staffer thought the letters, which contained information about people enrolled in the California AIDS Drug Assistance Program, were form letters and randomly affixed address labels to the envelopes in which they were mailed, said Sandra Shewry, director of the department. The letters contained personal information about the intended recipients and explained whether they were eligible for Medicare Part D, the federal prescription drug program, she said. No Social Security numbers or medical claim numbers were included in the letters, which were mailed Feb. 27, the department said. Shewry said the employee has been reassigned, and the department is investigating. All 54 clients were mailed certified letters Friday apologizing and providing the correct information about their eligibility for the Medicare program, Shewry said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Roma are hoping to tie up a deal for Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, according to reports in Italy.talkSPORT told you last week about the Blues offering Salah to Roma, with the Serie A club determined to bolster their squad during the January transfer window.And, according to Sky Italia, talks between the Premier League club and Roma have progressed well and the Italian side are hopeful a deal can be conclude.Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini reportedly met Chelsea officials last night to discuss the terms of a deal for Salah.Jose Mourinho is said to be open to parting with the Egypt international as they eye up a move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.Atletico Madrid and Monaco have also expressed an interest in Salah and as a result Roma are looking to accelerate the transfer of the 22-year-old. Mohamed Salah in action for Egypt 1
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate voted Thursday to make English the national language of the United States. Sort of. Moments after the 63-34 vote, it decided to call the mother tongue a “common and unifying language.” “You can’t have it both ways,” warned Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a fan of “national” but not “common and unifying.” Two dozen senators disagreed and voted for both as the Senate lumbered toward an expected vote next week on a controversial immigration bill. The debate occurred as President Bush traveled to Yuma, Ariz., to dramatize his commitment to curbing illegal immigration. At the same time, the White House sent Congress a formal request for $1.9 billion to cover the costs of steps he announced earlier in the week, including the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard troops to states along the Mexican border. Bush generally favors the outlines of the Senate measure, a bill that calls for great enforcement, a new guest worker program and an eventual opportunity at citizenship for most of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country illegally. Inhofe led the attempt to declare English the national language, a campaign he said began more than a century ago. The Oklahoma Republican quoted President Theodore Roosevelt as having said that among other things, those living in the United States “must also learn one language and that language is English.” “If you’ve got any rights now you’ve still got them under this amendment” added Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Democrats disputed that, and said the proposal would curtail rights established by an executive order President Clinton issued to extend language assistance to individuals not proficient in English. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada went further. “I really believe this amendment is racist. I think it’s directed basically to people who speak Spanish.” “It’s ridiculous,” Inhofe replied. “I don’t think people will buy into it.” The Senate didn’t, including 11 Democrats who joined 53 Republicans to support the proposal. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., advanced the alternative that declared English to be a “common and unifying language.” It passed, 58-39, leaving the outcome of the symbolic debate uncertain. For the third straight day, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers supporting the immigration measure demonstrated overall command of the Senate floor. Conservatives failed in their attempt to ban guest workers, who all have temporary visas, from gaining permanent resident status. The vote was 58-35. After a stumble on Wednesday night – when the Senate voted to deny temporary workers the ability to petition for citizenship on their own – the bill’s supporters won a reversal that said they could, as long as the federal government certifies American workers are unavailable to fill their jobs. The provision applies to workers with temporary visas in the country for four years. The vote was 56-43. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the original provision was designed to protect American workers and the replacement would “put American workers in the back seat and foreign workers … in the front seat.” But Sen. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said, “I think there is a higher value in not having the immigrant subject to the control of the employer where there may be coercion and pressure.” The Senate also voted 64-32 to levy a $750 fee on illegal immigrants who apply for citizenship and $100 for each dependent. Cornyn, who sponsored the proposal, said the proceeds would be used to reimburse state and local governments, hospitals and other institutions that provide health, education and other services to illegal immigrants. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mike Mutebi(left) addressing the media on Tuesday morning. Right is striker Shaban Muhammad(photo by shaban lubega)Azam Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC vs URA FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 24-04-2018 @04:00pmKCCA FC will enter Tuesday’s league encounter at home to URA with second spot top priority on their agenda.The Kasasiro Boys are currently third on the table with 45 points from 23 games and seat four(points) behind leaders SC Villa who have played one more game than KCCA.They are expected to be without the injured trio of Muzamir Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi and Ibrahim Saddam Juma.However, they will be welcoming back U20 stars, Julius Poloto and Allan Okello who were away with the Hippos and did not take part in the 1-0 win over Kitara in the Uganda Cup over the weekend.“We are going to approach the game the same way we have been approaching other league games,” said Mike Mutebi in the post match press conference at the StarTimes stadium Lugogo on Tuesday.“We know it is not going to be easy as they(URA) are a very good footballing side that loves to play and the fact that we have a good pitch, it will entice them to try and impose their style on us.“They also have a well educated manager in Nkata(Paul) who will surely know his way around us which makes it a whole lot harder.Asked about the goal scoring issues that seem to be persistently affecting URA, Mutebi had this to say.“Yes we are not scoring as much as we should which is so worrying.“When you look at how the season is unfolding, there is a very big chance that it may go down to the wire and may be decided on goals.“The good thing is that we are currently the league top scorers but we need more goals and luckily for us, we have started scoring again.For URA, they have had a disappointing season as far, knocked out of the Uganda cup in the round of 64 by fourth division side KJT and seat only six points away from relegation.With only five games left to play in the season, they will know that it is still possible to be relegated as the teams below them have started picking up wins and will go into Tuesday’s game on the hunt for maximum points.Match Stats:This fixture has not witnessed an away win since November 2013 when KCCA defeated URA 3-2 at the Mehtah Stadium in Lugazi. In that period, there has been five home victories and three draws, including the last two games.The reverse fixture last season ended 2-2 with also the first meeting this campaign ending 0-0 at Namboole.URA has not won away to KCCA since May 2011. The Tax Collectors have lost three and drawn as many of their last six visits to the two time league defending champions.KCCA go into the fixture having scored in each of their last 11 league games at home to URA, managing 16 goals in the process whilst conceding nine.The Kasasiro Boys are undefeated in any of their last 14 games in all competitions(W9 D5). The last time KCCA lost a game was in the CAF Champions League when Madagascan side CNaPS Sport defeated them 2-1 in Antananarivo.In the league, the Kasasiro Boys have gone 11 games without succumbing to a loss(W6 D5). Their last defeat came at the hands of Proline on 24-Nov-2017.In the recent past, Mike Mutebi’s charges have been impeccable at home, losing only one of their last 29 league games(W22 D6).For URA, they have won only one of their last six games in the league(D2 L3). The victory came at home to Kirinya JSS at the start of the month.Away from home, Paul Nkata’s men have won only two of their 12 fixtures all season(D2 L8).Other Matches to be played on Tuesday:-UPDF FC vs Bul FC @04:30pm-Soana FC vs Proline SC @04:30pm-Vipers SC vs Masavu FC @04:30pmComments Tags: Azam UPLKCCA FCMike MutebiPaul NkataSC VillaShaban MuhammadURA FC
OAKLAND – For one of the few times over the past week, Kevin Durant seemed to be at peace.Durant said he does not harbor the same anger he had after last week’s blowup with Draymond Green. He apologized directly to this reporter for snapping at a question about his relationship with Green after he unleashed a string of vulgarities and addressed his pending free agency next summer. He understands why the NBA was compelled to fine him $25,000 for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan” …
The ability to examine original proteins in off-the-shelf fossils should tell you something about evolutionary timescales.Scientists found original collagen in the fossil of a giant beaver sitting on a shelf in the New York State Museum. PhysOrg hints they were surprised:“Paleoproteomics is a young field. We don’t yet know the full potential of the information it may offer us, and one barrier to that is the supply of fossils we can call upon for research,” said Deepak Vashishth, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. “In developing these techniques, we’re creating new value in fossils that are already on exhibit, or sitting in storage waiting for a purpose.”No date is given for the evolutionary age of the fossil that was discovered and given to the museum 170 years ago.* It’s been collecting dust all this time, and was coated with varnish, so they took samples from inside the nostril. Lo and behold, collagen from the long-dead beaver was found. But instead of asking how the protein could survive in a fossil, they scientists are only focused on how the study of paleoproteins could shed light on evolution:“Now imagine if we were able to build up a database of post-translational modification to ancient organisms, we could begin to make inferences about evolutionary changes, or use them in protein engineering to look at how function in the ancient protein compares to that same protein in living animals.”It wasn’t long ago that scientists thought proteins and other original biological material could not last long in fossils.*The paper lists the radiocarbon dates as 10,500 years BP. However, unlike mammoth specimens in permafrost, this specimen in New York was readily exposed to the elements:Three layers occur above the skull, which were originally described as follows from the surface: (i) ‘vegetable soil’ (0.5–0.75 m thick) with heavy tree growth; (ii) a plant-rich (i.e. twigs, leaves, plant fragments) layer of fine sand with some clay (up to 1 m thick); and (iii) peat (over 1 m thick) including wood, bark, leaves and tree trunks.Secularist hearts are harder than the bones they handle, and more fossilized. (Visited 147 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Brand South Africa was established in 2002 with the primary objective of developing and implementing a pro-active and co-ordinated marketing, communication and reputation management strategy for the country.Speaking at the summit, Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, said that the branding of South Africa is not a matter of choice but rather a necessity. It requires the concerted effort of all stakeholders in the Western Cape to achieve any real measure of success – government, citizens, business, political parties, charities, the media, academia, sporting organisations and the like.Brand South Africa met with its stakeholders to rally their support on a unified approach to branding SA locally and internationally.“We are particularly pleased to have shared our active citizenship campaign – Play your Part – with the people of the Western Cape,” said Matola. Play your Part is a campaign encouraging all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools – to contribute to change in South Africa.“Addressing the guests at the summit, Brand South Africa board member, Mr. Essau Yacoub said that the economy of the province is built on agriculture and tourism.“So, what we, and South Africa, need is more tourists and more investment. How people see a country is vital in this regard.He continued to say, it may be a strange thought, but the image of a country, makes a vital contribution in attracting tourists, investors and in building trade relationships. So, again, just what we need, concluded Yacoub.Speaking at the summit, Mr Solly Fourie, Head of Department for Economic Development & Tourism in the Western Cape explained that as globalisation increases the production and movement of goods, services, investment and talent, perceptions of nations have to be actively managed.South Africa has just gone through four very important stages: it managed a widely acknowledged successful soccer world cup, came through the world-wide recession almost unscathed, became a part of the BRICS group of nations and held its fourth free and fair local elections since 1994. This has underlined that the country is an important developing nation in its own right.This has to be marketed to the world.He said that Brand South Africa met with President Jacob Zuma in May where the discussion centred around the need for business and government at all levels to work together to promote and market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.In conclusion, Mr. Essau Yacoub, said that the meeting affirmed Brand South Africa’s mandate, which is to focus on strategic issues relating to reputation and competitiveness of South Africa, both domestically and globally. The organisation needs to manage the perceptions of Brand South Africa and co-ordinate nation branding efforts through improved cooperation between itself, business and civil society.
24 April 2014 A small factory in the Amathole District in the Eastern Cape is using green energy to manufacture cooler boxes for international retailer Massmart, bringing “significant benefits” to the regional economy, the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism announced on Tuesday. The R4-million Ikusasa Green manufacturing plant in Stutterheim in the Amahlati District was officially opened on Tuesday by Mcebisi Jonas, the Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism MEC. Jonas said the project was an exciting example of what could happen when a SMME partnered with big business. The plant would create 20 jobs in the Stutterheim area, with an additional 10 to 15 permanent jobs within the first two months of its operation, Jonas said.Green energy The cooler boxes, manufactured using green energy and using an innovative roto- moulded process, will be available for sale around the world, said Mkululi Pakade, a director of Ikusasa Green. The project has received an investment of R4-million from the department’s Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED) Fund, with assistance from the Massmart supplier development fund. The LRED Fund aims to support the development of new sources of economic activity in small towns as well as new technologies that include energy efficiency. “The Ikusasa project is a combination of innovation, commitment and sufficient motivation from the concerned entrepreneurs,” Jonas said. “This is a demonstration of people who have not waited for government but took the initiative to unleash the potential of business through using the available mechanisms for business support” He said “locally entrenched” industrialisation could serve to reignite the province’s manufacturing sector, which has experienced many job losses “even before the recession. Innovation The company handed over its first two cooler box units off the newly installed production line to Massmart at the opening. Ikusasa will hand over 700 units to Massmart for their initial order, worth R610 000. Moshisi Lehlongwane, supplier development manager at Massmart, said the partnership was a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to buy from small- and medium-suppliers anywhere in South Africa. “They had the right product with innovation and not only will we list their roto- moulded cooler boxes in our stores, but we are putting them under one of our trusted brands, Camp Master. “Through our supplier development fund we have committed to work with Ikusasa Green to remove challenges such as securing the right moulds, ensuring that their factory complies with national standards, and that they have the right machinery to keep up with orders from Massmart.” SAinfo reporter and the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural & Resource Law ProgramA Wisconsin court of appeals has certified two cases to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, asking the court to determine the extent of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s authority to regulate agriculture in order to protect groundwater. A certification represents a lower court seeking guidance on an issue that the lower court believes it is not in the best position to decide without knowing what the higher court thinks.These cases are important for Wisconsin because they pertain to a law passed in 2011 that restrained authority of state agencies to act beyond express grants of authority by the state legislature. Specifically, the cases ask whether the Wisconsin DNR can impose conditions on issuing a permit beyond the conditions stated in a statute. The affected parties in the cases range from dairy farms to manufacturers and from food processors to municipal water utilities.Environmental groups hope that state agencies may take a more expansive look at environmental impacts when reviewing permit applications. The two certification orders are available here and here.